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July 21
12:00 PM
July 20
11:00 PM


Oshkosh Masonic Center
204 Washington Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901
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The Clawhammer Music & Arts Festival

Created by Oshkosh native Nathaniel Frank and Long Beach, California provocateur Chris Schlarb, The Clawhammer Music and Arts Festival is a truly unique event in this day and age. Each musical and visual artist was hand picked to compliment each other with a value placed on creativity over commercial success and popularity. Bringing together local and national artists without regard for genre, the festival celebrates pop, folk, jazz, rock, hip-hop, country, electronic, and experimental musics.

The festival constructed its name from a combination of sources. Translated into its native Ojibwe (Chippewa), Oshkosh means “the claw.” In addition, the term Clawhammer is a traditional American style of guitar and banjo playing. Lastly, it is also taken from the name of a classic song by Captain Beefheart, “Orange Clawhammer.”

Taking place over the weekend of July 20th and 21st, 2013, The Clawhammer Music and Arts Festival opens each day at 12 noon for art exhibitions, music and art workshops, and special presentations. Five musical acts will perform each night beginning at 5pm. 2-Day Festival Passes are $30 and 1-Day Passes are $20.

Presented at the beautifully renovated Oshkosh Masonic Temple the festival spans three stories: art exhibits and workshops on the 1st floor, music in the Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor, and food, prepared by Roasted Bistro, in the basement cafeteria.

Stay tuned for a full schedule of all events and help us spread the word. This is a community based event and we can only succeed with your support. All proceeds from ticket sales are reinvested in the artists and restoration of the Masonic Temple.

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Arts & Exhibits, Education & Workshops, Entertainment, Festivals & Celebrations, Music, Tastings


Family Friendly, Onsite Parking


$$ ($11-$20), $$$ ($21-$30)

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